Warrington Lose To Penalty Try In Extra Time
But Five Try Performance Sees Them Take Two Points from their trip To Crlisle
Carlisle 29 Warrington 27
Warrington again found out how difficult it is to win in Cumbria when they conceded a penalty try deep into time added on just after they had taken the lead for the first time. Lapses in concentration led to a scrum 5 metres out and Carlisle took their opportunity to squeeze the Warrington scrum and a flustered referee awarded the penalty try at the fifth time of asking.
On a day when the Cumbrian weather behaved itself, on a lovely playing surface, the game fluctuated wildly. Carlisle moved into a 12 point lead within 15 minutes breaching a defence not as solid as usual, although Kieran Hughes had bundled over the line only to drop the ball. Warrington began to put some phases together and pulled a try back as Tom Wood crashed over after a fine break by full back Griffiths.
Carlisle’s pack put some powerful rolling mauls together which were repelled well and the Warrington backs began to threaten.
The half time score soon became 17 – 5 as Carlisle forward pressure resulted in a try wide-out. Again the away side hit back through the electric winger Nathan Beesley, although, with no recognised goal kicker, Warrington were unable to convert their tries to add on the extra points.
Even when Carlisle were reduced to 14 men after a yellow card, Warrington made some basic errors and it was the home side who went further ahead with an excellent winger’s try in the corner.
There seemed no way back for Warrington but their style of play always makes them dangerous when the game loosens up and three tries in the last 15 minutes put them into a five point lead. First the persevering Lynch found a gap in a tiring defence made it 22 – 15 and in the game’s finest moments Steve Pilkington first ghosted, the scorched, his way over under the posts to level the scores. Then brilliant combined play up the left involving Kieron Hughes, Tom Arnold and Steve Pilkington found space for the lurking Jack Morgan to plunge over to put the away side in the lead for the first time.
With two minutes left Warrington needed to slow the game down. They failed to do so and Carlisle were awarded the try to give them a win. Warrington came away with two losing bonus points and the knowledge that steadier focus in the last few minutes will not go amiss in future games. In a strong performance, special mention should go to Sean Callender, Josh Downes and Steve Pilkington.
“We are pleased with most of our play just now,” commented coach Andy Roberts. “However, our concentration is lax at times but with a string of home games ahead we are confident of improving our league position”.